Now this real birch-bark canoe is just for display among the outfitter's
new boats. Soon it will be hoisted into the rafter, so we're glad we had
the change to see it up close.
BMO's home is an old railroad station that is chock-a-block with gear, hardware,
paddles, apparel, and anything else you can think of. Boats? They not only fill
the train station, but another few outbuildings beyond.
If you need to cross the four lanes of traffic in front of BMO, you need to use the
steps that go down into a tunnel that spans the roadway, and then climb up the other
side. The several tunnels together are also used by vehicles, which seem
to jump up at you from underground.
For planning purposes, Jean got me a copy of “Maryland and Delaware Canoe Trails”, 5th Edition, by Edward Gertler. (300pp., 2002, Seneca Press, Silver Springs, MD) So, to accompany the guide, I added the Delaware-Maryland DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer. During the bad weather that plagued us through our visit, this combo provided a lot of satisfying armchair paddling. Gertler says he has paddled or portaged every mile of every route in the book, and provides water conditions, hazards, gauges, gradients, levels of difficulty, distances and times for each leg, and the quality of scenery to be expected, plus a map of each route.